- Take courage, go ahead. No picking shoes first.
- Leave your comfort zone, your thinking. The comfort is beside the point.
'Meditation is like draining your ego from the bathtub that is your mind.'
- Sink into your Koan, don't try to figure it out. There is nothing to figure out.
Be fully in the practice. The analyzing mind here is nothing but hindrance.
Become a Mu idiot. It is so simple that it is hard to accept. It is perplexing.
Keep wondering, wondering is the key, it opens the mind.
- Who is reading this here now?
- Approach the darkness, welcome the unknown, embrace uncertainty,
lose yourself. When we see that absolutely all is uncertain then we will
live at ease. Then we can stay where we are and be comfortable or go
somewhere else and be comfortable. This is an antidote to decision
paralysis. Just pick one and things will work out. Pick the wrong one -
you can fix it later. (Ajahn Chah)
- Don't linger in sweet no-thing-ness and self-forgetfulness, move on.
- Enlightenment is not gradual, but a push through the obstraction, an
abrupt, complete break. And it is a process, an unfolding process, not a
state. When suffering becomes really felt, when we are desperate to free
ourselves from the human condition, then stunning things can happen.
Roshi John Daido Loori: "Zazen is the most essential aspect of the mind-to-
mind transmission. It is an incredibly powerful tool. It is not just sitting cross-
legged. It is not just meditation. There’s an incredible unfolding that takes
place in Zazen. It’s endless. It’s a precious gift that has come to us, that has
been handed down for two thousand five hundred years. Its simplicity can be
very deceiving. It is by far the most powerful thing any of us will ever
encounter in our lives. Don’t take it lightly. If you continue to do Zazen, it
doesn’t matter whether you practice at a center or study with a teacher. Even
the Zazen of the most rank beginner gives life to countless buddhas and
ancestors, past, present and future. Please don’t waste this gift."
On the path to True Self, to
Oneness, with a clean,
Bodhin Kjolhede grew up in Michigan. He completed a B.A. in
psychology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before
coming to the Rochester Zen Center. 1970 he devoted himself to
the Center full-time. In 1976 Kjolhede got ordained. He finished
his formal Koan-training under Roshi Philip Kapleau and began to
teach in 1983. In 1986 Kjolhede was appointed by Roshi Kapleau
as his Dharma-successor and since then he leads the Rochester
In his Teishos you will appreciate wisdom and skillfull means.
Rochester Zen Center podcasts
by Roshi Kjolhede and others.
Zen - das Antidot gegen Irrsinn, Wahnsinn, Täuschungen,
Anklammern, Sentimentalität und Diluted Mind
Adyashanti - Einblick in die Natur der Wirklichkeit
Impermanence and Uncertainty of Things and Phenomena
Erwachen aus unserem Traumzustand, aus unserer
virtuellen Realität, zur unnennbaren, nicht erklärbaren
Wahrheit: keine Person zu sein, sondern das, was die
Welt ins Da-sein träumt. "The one and only Spirit that
manifests as everything and everyone."
Der Autor von "Three Pillars of Zen", Roshi Philip Kapleau, geboren in einer
Arbeiterfamilie in New Haven, Conneticut, arbeitete als Gerichtsreporter. 1945
wurde er Berichterstatter der Alliierten in den Nürnberger Hauptkriegs-
verbrecher-Prozessen. Im Anschluss daran berichtete er von den Tokioter
Kriegsverbrecher-Prozessen. Wikipedia: "Die Beschäftigung mit den
Gräueltaten des Zweiten Weltkriegs berührte ihn sehr und ließ eine tiefe
Spiritualität in ihm erwachen." Roshi Kapleau praktizierte 13 Jahre Zen in Japan
u.a. unter Yasutani Roshi. Er half, Zen-Buddhismus von Japan in den Westen zu
bringen. Roshi Kapleau gründete im Bundesstaat New York das Rochester Zen
Center. Angeschlossene Gruppen und Partner-Center sind in Madison, Chicago,
Cleveland, Mexico City, Stockholm, Berlin, Helsinki und Auckland.
Coming into this world we realize its limitations. Buddha Dharma, around 500
BC: Impermanence (anicca) is the first characteristic of existence - reality is
never static. All creations, all objects and emotions face change and
destruction, do decay. Causes and conditions are likewise impermanent (nicht
zu verwechseln mit der geplanten Obsoleszenz technischer Geräte).
Spiegel.de, 19.02.13 Higgs-Boson-Erkenntnisse: Physiker halten Universum
für instabil. - Ist der Fund des Higgs-Bosons eine schlechte Nachricht für unser
Universum? Physik-Theoretiker glauben, dass die Masse des Teilchens in
einem Bereich liegt, der dem Kosmos ein Verfallsdatum gibt.
In the end it becomes clear that there is nothing else other than present time,
ever-renewing, impermanence its permanent truth.
Roshi Philip Kapleau
practitioner is to practice Zen with an attitude of single-minded urgency,
following a strong commitment. The way we understand and perceive
ourselves and our lives is an illusion, and through practice we can realize this.
There is no shortcut. It is strenous. The spiritual path goes through our
wounds, not around them or away from them - to go to church is easier. It is
rewarding, it transforms you, you will become conscious of delusions, of being
attached and clinging, you don't fall for peoples deceptions, you will purify
mind and karma. With regular Zen practice, mind is freed from restlessness,
from thought pollution, it gets trained in staying in the presence.
Buddhist writer Lewis Richmond: We suffer because we grasp after things
thinking they are fixed, substantial, real, and capable of being possessed by
ego. It is only when we can see through this illusion and open ourselves, in Ari
Goldfield's words, "to the reality of flux and fluidity", that we can relax into
clarity, compassion, and courage.
As John Pulleyn from the Rochester Zen Center puts it, the Zen practitioner's
approach to meditation and engagement is commitment to action without
clinging to results. - The benefits will cascade upon you year after year if you
persevere and stick with it.
Practice means searching to find our way back home to the original mind, the
True Mind. - There are two mistakes in practice - one is not starting, the other
This book 'The Three Pillars of zen' is the menu card. A
menu card does not satisfy hunger. If you are hungry for
the real meal, something beyond a cosmetic lifestyle, then
have the direct experience of the path by practitioning it -
stepping into a totally unknown world all alone. Zen
cannot be described ('not this, not that'), only
experienced. In terms of resolving the great matter
thoughts are useless, just dust blowing around in the
mind. Dogen: The failure of ordinary thought is that it pre-
forms all experience (Denken ist konstitutiv für die Welt),
it simply cannot allow that what is to be present as it is.
No verbal expressions correspond to this reality.
Being a Zen practitioner is not a matter of accepting a
belief system, a philosophy or a doctrine. To be a Zen
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